updated 07/18/2012 AT 9:45 AM ET
•originally published 07/18/2012 AT 8:25 AM ET
Howard Stern had a rough day at work Tuesday. The America’s Got Talent judge said goodbye to his beloved dog Bianca before judging the evening’s live show.
“Tough day today my friends. Thanks to all for all the kind messages. Give your dog a hug for me tonight,” Stern Tweeted Tuesday.
The 10-year-old English bulldog was once described by Stern’s wife Beth Ostrosky Stern as the “queen of the house,” and participated in the couple’s New York wedding in 2008. The shock jock has Bianca’s name tattooed on his arm.
Ostrosky-Stern, who posed with Bianca on the cover of her book, Oh My Dog, was devastated by the loss. “We lost our precious bianca today. my sweet little girl, may you rest in peace. i love you forever,” she Tweeted. “All of your kind words are helping me through the saddest day of my life. thank you.”